According to the Civil Guard, 50 tons of cannabis were seized in “so-called legal cannabis plantations” in Catalonia

According to the Civil Guard, 50 tons of cannabis were seized in "so-called legal cannabis plantations" in Catalonia

In a joint operation with the Civil Guard, the National Police and Mossos d’Esquadra, they uprooted eight fields in two Catalan provinces and seized more than 50 tons of marijuana. In the operation carried out in four phases, a total of 40 tons were seized in the last two phases and 11 tons in the previous two phases. A total of 20 people were arrested during the four phases of the investigation, and eight farms were liquidated, seven in the province of Barcelona and one in Tarragona, the Civil Guard said in a press release.


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The common link to the four phases of the investigation, the note adds, states that all marijuana fields “hid behind so-called legal cannabis fields” and are actually dedicated to growing, collecting, and distributing marijuana without the necessary administrative permits for legal action. sowing, camouflaging itself under a trading society, and being among other ships with legal industrial activity.

On November 8, the Civil Guard announced the seizure of the largest marijuana warehouse in history and detainees. They claimed they were a company dedicated to growing legal cannabis in order to extract the legal substance, CBD.

The operation, called VIKIN-ALIJO VERDE, consists of four phases, during which a total of eight macro plantations are dismantled. More than 51 tons of marijuana were seized, mostly in the Maresme region, while 20 people were arrested for electricity fraud and crimes against public health.

After the first two stages, in which a total of 11 tons of drugs were intervened, the third stage of the investigation was started when documents belonging to a commercial company in Tarragona province were found in one of the registers and allegedly related to drugs. previously plowed fields.

The agents’ investigations made it possible to locate a rustic farm where the plantation would be located, which was located in a remote area where access was very difficult, which added to the orography of the land, access to the farm and the security measures taken. by those investigated, which made the investigation very complicated. Finally, in September, the farm containing more than 40,000 cannabis plants and 15 tons of buds was hacked and searched, and five people were arrested for crimes against public health.

Two new cannabis fields were dismantled last October in Barcelona’s Cabrera de Mar municipal area, as investigations into the criminal network continue. They were camouflaged under the so-called legal cannabis plantations. In this fourth and final phase, more than 13 tons of marijuana were seized on the farm and four people were arrested for drug trafficking and fraudulent electricity charges, as this last plantation was a fraudulent source of energy.

A bunker and two firearms

In addition, at this final stage, greater specialization of crops was detected, with high investment in tools and equipment for the cultivation and production of plants, emphasizing the presence of a bunker-type room with reinforced walls inside the farm. 2 guns and 2 compressed air guns were seized during the operation to prevent theft of drugs.

The final balance of the investigation is 51,904 kilograms of seized cannabis, along with more than 187,000 cannabis plants seized and 19 tons of buds.

In addition, a total of two firearms, four compressed air guns and a knife were seized, and numerous computer equipment and numerous tools for growing and producing herbal substances were seized, among them more than 3,000 magnifying lamps, humidifiers, and advanced harvesters among others. A total of 20 detainees were arrested for crimes against public health and electricity fraud.

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